§ Mr. Holmes
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he is aware that the Essex County Education Committee have ordered 50 children attending Mistley Norman national school to attend a new county council school at Lawford; that many parents object to such a transfer and that the managers of the Mistley Norman national school are willing for them to remain; and whether, in the event of refusal to comply with this transfer, it is intended either to prosecute the parents or to withdraw the grant to the Mistley Norman national school?
My Noble Friend is aware of the circumstances of this case. Since the last summer holidays, in accordance with an arrangement agreed upon by the Essex local education authority and the managers of the Mistley Norman Church of England school, the school has been a school for juniors and infants only and senior children have been excluded. My Noble Friend is not aware that it is proposed to depart from this arrangement.